A Larger Version – Lisette Red

It’s one of those elements to be taken into consideration when shopping on the Internet – size. It is so easy to simply assume you have a rough idea of the size of anything you are looking at, but checking the measurements is essential.

I recently painted a set of neckerchiefs, my Hudeca series, inspired by Lady Drury’s Hawstead Panels. The design worked for the neckerchief sized squares (50 x 50 cm) and so I thought I’d paint a larger, 90 x 90 cm crepe de chine scarf. You might guess from the above picture that they were the same size. It’s only in a photograph containing other points of reference that you see one scarf is almost double the size of the other.

Even in this video it is difficult to judge the overall size of the scarf with just my hand and a couple of paintbrushes flitting about.

Usually at some point during the designing and painting of my work, a scarf acquires a name. This is important as it helps me keep my work in some kind of order especially if I paint roughly the same design in several different colour combinations and use different silk of different sizes.

This painting sequence doesn’t give any indication of size – is this a 50 x 50 or 90 x 90 cm?

At first glance my naming process may seem random, but it is usually linked in some way or other to the original source of inspiration. This time I wanted an Anglo-Saxon girl’s name beginning with ‘H’ for Hawstead and chose Hudeca. The 90 x 90 cm crepe de chine (a really gorgeous, 14mm weight piece of silk by the way) painted with my ‘Hawstead’ design became Lisette and not a Hudeca. I arrived at ‘Lisette’ from Elizabeth for the bigger scarf as Lady Drury was the mother to two daughters, neither of whom reached adulthood, and one was called Elizabeth.

Author: agnesashe

Artisan, blogger and passionate East Anglian working from home.

7 thoughts on “A Larger Version – Lisette Red”

  1. Okay, going off topic again. I am culling my childhood books, and decided to re-read some before they are re-homed. I just finished reading this one: https://www.worldofrarebooks.com/the-castle-on-the-rock-by-eileen-meyler-1716778.html
    The central character is named Jocelyn. On Mondays at line dancing, one of the other ladies has this name. Even in her senior years, she has an ethereal beauty. The more I read, the more I felt this was the right name for the character in the The Castle on The Rock. Delving into the background afterwards, I realised this book is set in the lead-up to Edward IIIs overthrow of his mother Isabella and her lover Mortimer in the castle at Nottingham.
    What has this to do with your work? At some point, knowing you, you will come across a tapestry or some other artistic work from the 1300s, and will be inspired to create a scarf, which I feel you should name . . . Jocelyn!

    1. Oh yes, I do love a little diversion every now and then and I was really wondering where you were going with this one! And, yes, yes, yes I will definitely name a scarf or two or even a series with Jocelyn at some point. It is a name I like and you’ve pointed me to its historical context and provided me with the icing on the cake, a personal link. 😁

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